Mr Peter C Whitfield

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon and Chairman of the South West Neurosurgical Unit, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
  • Wide-ranging experience of spinal and cranial neurosurgery.
  • Excellent communicator
  • Honorary University Fellow at the Peninsula Medical School.
Mr Whitfield qualified with a Distinction in 1987. His surgical training was undertaken in Glasgow (1988-90), Winchester (1990-92) and Cambridge (1992-2000). He received prizes in medicine and surgery at Southampton Medical School and national prizes from the Royal Society of Medicine (1994) and the British Neurosurgical Research Group (1996 and 1998).

He was awarded a prestigious Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship to undertake a PhD in neuroprotection (completed in 1998). In 2000 he took up a Consultant/ Clinical Senior Lecturer post in Aberdeen before moving to Plymouth in 2002. He has published numerous scientific papers and presented research at conferences throughout the UK and overseas. He is a member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons, the British Neurovascular Group, the Cochrane Collaboration and the BMA. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Brain and Spine Surgery
Mr Whitfield has considerable experience in treating patients with a wide range of spinal problems including "slipped discs" in the neck and lower back. Where appropriate he uses microscope-assisted techniques to minimise surgical trauma. He also treats patients with a wide range of cranial conditions including cerebral aneurysms, brain tumours (with neuronavigation), trigeminal neuralgia, head injuries and hydrocephalus.
The site provides excellent patient information booklets.

Private Practice
Mr Whitfield holds a clinic at the Plymouth Nuffield Hospital where he sees clinical and medico-legal patients. For enquiries and referrals contact his Private Secretary on 01752 761822. Appointments are usually made within 1 week of referral.

Mr Peter C Whitfield (Private)
BM (Distinction) PhD FRCS Eng. FRCS (SN)
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Plymouth Nuffield Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

Telephone: 01752 761822        Fax: 01752 768969       e-mail:
Mr Peter C Whitfield (NHS)
South West Neurosurgery Centre
Derriford Hospital
Plymouth, PL20 7PS

Telephone: 01752 792540        Fax: 01752 517643       e-mail:
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